Disney, Netflix and WarnerMedia weigh leaving Georgia over ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill

ATLANTA, Ga. — Three of the world’s biggest entertainment companies — Netflix, Disney and WarnerMedia — say they may stop producing movies and TV shows in Georgia if the state’s new abortion law takes effect.

Disney will find it “very difficult” to film in Georgia if its new abortion law takes effect, CEO Bob Iger told Reuters.

“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now, we are watching it very carefully,” Iger told the news organization on Wednesday.

Disney isn’t the only one weighing in on the situation. Netflix has also entered the conversation.

In an exclusive statement to Variety, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law.”

“It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to,” Sarandos said. “Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

AT&T’s WarnerMedia, which is the parent company of HBO, TNT, TBS, CNN, and other brands, also said the company may stop making “new productions” in the state if the bill takes effect.

“We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by a state or a country and their leaders, we do respect due process,” WarnerMedia said. “We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions. As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project.”

WarnerMedia has thousands of employees in Georgia, including at the headquarters of CNN in Atlanta.

And a fourth, Comcast’s NBCUniversal, says the spread of these anti-abortion bills, if upheld by the courts, “would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.”

The state is a hub for entertainment industry production, in part because of generous tax breaks Georgia offers filmmakers and producers.

There has been a growing movement for Hollywood to boycott Georgia in the wake of the controversial legislation.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp this month signed a bill that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually at about six weeks of pregnancy. The law is set to take effect on January 1.

Georgia isn’t the only state. Here’s a list of states who have considered abortion legislation within the last year.

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